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A Royal Trio: Arias by Handel, Bononcini & Ariosti / Lawrence Zazzo (countertenor), La Nuova Musica, David Bates

Album Summary

>Ariosti, Attilio : Vespasiano
>Handel, George Frideric : Flavio
>Bononcini, Giovanni : Crispo
>Handel, George Frideric : Admeto
>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare
>Handel, George Frideric : Ottone
>Bononcini, Giovanni : Griselda
>Ariosti, Attilio : Il naufragio vicino
>Ariosti, Attilio : Coriolano
>Bononcini, Giovanni : Muzio Scevola
>Handel, George Frideric : Rodelinda
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Early Music Review, December 2014
This is an exceptionally interesting and well researched release... The playing is superb throughout.

Audiophile Audition, 11th November 2014
[Zazzo gives] committed and dramatically excellent renditions of these roles. The surround sound is outstanding, and the production values rank with harmonia mundi's best, which is always considerable.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2014
I enjoyed this snapshot of London's operatic life almost without reservation. Zazzo and the players - not least the fabulous horns - have all the boldness and virtuoso panache one could wish for in the extrovert arias, culminating in a show-stopping 'Vivi, tiranno'.

Founded in 1719 as the first opera company in the English-speaking world, the Royal Academy of Music commissioned and premièred some of the finest 18th-century operas, including Handel's Giulio Cesare. On this exciting album, renowned American countertenor Lawrence Zazzo is joined by La Nuova Musica and David Bates for a snapshot of the Academy's hits circa 1725 featuring arias by Handel, Ariosti and Bononcini.

The Observer, 19th October 2014
Is there no end to the making of countertenor baroque opera recital discs? The genre can too easily turn into showy virtuosity, but this one from Lawrence Zazzo is exceptionally well thought out... the exuberant Vivi, tiranno rounds things off in style, with Zazzo in glorious voice throughout.

International Record Review, November 2014
This is an accomplished recital from both singer and orchestra, the latter playing freshly under Bates's direction in a programme which contains some rarely heard music.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
Zazzo has proposed to create "an 'authentic'. He has succeeded brilliantly, creating a program of unusual and genuine interest for lovers of Baroque Italian opera - and a treat for listeners in purely musical terms.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. John's, Smith Square, London, UK (01/2014).



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Works Details

>Ariosti, Attilio : Vespasiano :: Overture
  • Performer: Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: David Bates
  • Ensemble: La Nuova Musica
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Handel, George Frideric : Flavio :: Rompo i lacci
  • Performer: Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: David Bates
  • Ensemble: La Nuova Musica
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1723

>Bononcini, Giovanni : Crispo :: Così stanco Pellegrino
  • Performer: Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: David Bates
  • Ensemble: La Nuova Musica
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1721

>Handel, George Frideric : Admeto :: Act 1. no 9. Sinfonia
  • Performer: Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: David Bates
  • Ensemble: La Nuova Musica
  • Notes: Composition written: 1727.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1727

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare :: Va tacito
  • Performer: Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: David Bates
  • Ensemble: La Nuova Musica
  • Running Time: 7 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Handel, George Frideric : Ottone :: Io son tradito
  • Performer: Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: David Bates
  • Ensemble: La Nuova Musica
  • Notes: Composition written: 1722.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1722

>Handel, George Frideric : Ottone :: Tanti affanni
  • Performer: Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: David Bates
  • Ensemble: La Nuova Musica
  • Notes: Composition written: 1722.
  • Running Time: 9 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1722

>Bononcini, Giovanni : Griselda :: Per la gloria d'adoravi
  • Performer: Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: David Bates
  • Ensemble: La Nuova Musica
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1722

>Ariosti, Attilio : Il naufragio vicino :: Freme l'onda
  • Performer: Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: David Bates
  • Ensemble: La Nuova Musica
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Ariosti, Attilio : Coriolano :: Spirate, o iniqui marmi
  • Performer: Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: David Bates
  • Ensemble: La Nuova Musica
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1723

>Ariosti, Attilio : Coriolano :: Voi d'un figlio tanto misero
  • Performer: Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: David Bates
  • Ensemble: La Nuova Musica
  • Running Time: 7 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1723

>Bononcini, Giovanni : Crispo :: Torrente che scende
  • Performer: Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: David Bates
  • Ensemble: La Nuova Musica
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1721

>Handel, George Frideric : Admeto :: Introduzione (Ballo di Larve)
  • Performer: Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: David Bates
  • Ensemble: La Nuova Musica
  • Notes: Composition written: 1727.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1727

>Handel, George Frideric : Admeto :: Orride larve
  • Performer: Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: David Bates
  • Ensemble: La Nuova Musica
  • Notes: Composition written: 1727.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1727

>Handel, George Frideric : Admeto :: Chiudetevi miei lumi
  • Performer: Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: David Bates
  • Ensemble: La Nuova Musica
  • Notes: Composition written: 1727.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1727

>Bononcini, Giovanni : Muzio Scevola :: Tigre piagata
  • Performer: Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: David Bates
  • Ensemble: La Nuova Musica
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Handel, George Frideric : Admeto :: Act 2. no 1. Sinfonia
  • Performer: Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: David Bates
  • Ensemble: La Nuova Musica
  • Notes: Composition written: 1727.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1727

>Handel, George Frideric : Rodelinda :: Vivi, tiranno
  • Performer: Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: David Bates
  • Ensemble: La Nuova Musica
  • Notes: Composition written: 1725.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1725